John Drake of CMA Wallets tells TTAG that he designed his Curveball holster as a deep concealment option police officers and lots of LEOs have been using and loving them.
Drake said that when off duty and going through a security checkpoint, cops can plop them down and the general public is none the wiser. It looks like a large wallet.
A pistol — they make versions for a Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec P3AT, Taurus TCP and GLOCK 42 — is held inside the leather holster that’s shape is maintained by an internal thermoplastic liner.
The wallet is then zipped up and slipped in a (Drake recommends rear) pocket.
When the gun is drawn and fired, it shoots through the zipper.
We tried one with an LCP and while it’s awkward at first, it works. The covering over the slide doesn’t prevent the pistol from cycling.
At contact and close ranges, it’s accurate and certainly stealthy. Plus, Drake says he’ll give buyers a free replacement holster if they send a blown out model back to him with a police report.
Drake’s now making the Curveball available to retail buyers for $74.99. There’s just one thing.
Unlike DeSantis’s similar Pocket Shot, Drake’s patent pending holster covers the pistol’s slide. Because of that, the ATF considers a gun carried in a Curveball an AOW.
Yeah, that means you’d need to pay a $200 tax to use one, something that’s sure to limit the retail market for the Curveball. If you decide you want to try one, his website has all the forms you’d need to complete.
Here are the Curveball’s specs:
Width: 25mm/ 0.98”
AOW tax stamp fee is waived for LEO & some govt officials
Smooth sides to reduce grabbing in the pocket
Designed and recommended for the back pants pocket If it has to be taken out of the pocket, the chance of it being identified as a pistol is greatly reduced
It does allow for all 7 rounds to be discharged.
Zipper stop is intended to keep the user from opening the holster all the way & breaking free the foam insert
It is intended for close quarters (1-2 meters) & a slow draw
Guaranteed for 2 years on craftsmanship
Guaranteed for life if the weapon is discharged and a police report is filed. CMA wallets will replace the old one with a new holster and pay for the shipping (CMA will need a picture of the holster and the police report). Even if the weapon is accidentally discharged and a police report is filed